4A softball MVP: Hard-hitting shortstop smashed drives for Roy

4A MVP • Barrera led Roy to a second straight title.
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The Roy softball team wasn't expected to win another championship after losing last year's 5A MVP, Macauley Flint.

Luckily, they still had this year's MVP, Jordynn Barrera.

The junior shortstop was the Royals' catalyst all season long. Barrera hit five home runs and recorded 17 extra-base hits for the season, including two doubles in the championship game. Coach Amanda Koford, who won a state championship when she was a pitcher at Roy, put Barrera at the top of the batting order for a reason.

"As a pitcher, there was nothing worse than having the leadoff get a hit off you," Koford said. "That's something Jordynn did every single game."

When Barrera got her first taste of state tournament play as a freshman, she knew she wanted more of it. She always felt that great things happen when you put in the time and effort. The Royals were expected to win state last year — they even wore shirts with targets on their backs. This year, Roy was the one shooting the arrows.

"Nobody really believed in us," Barrera said. "Nobody thought Roy would be a threat again — that we were done. We weren't done, obviously. We did what we had to do to get back to state and show everyone that we could win one more title."

Barrera will spend the offseason playing ball with her club team, Salt Lake Pegasus. She's yet to commit to a college, but feels there's plenty of time to decide her future during her senior year.

With Barrera returning for one more season with the Royals, perhaps they'll have next year's MVP, too.